A Cedar Rapids drug dealer tied to the death of Christopher Bagley of Walker was sentenced to federal prison on Friday.
31-year old Andrew Shaw was the manager of a large-scale marijuana trafficking operation who brought marijuana into Iowa for resale for a decade. He was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison.
Shaw received the prison term after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and being a drug user in possession of firearms.
Shaw started trafficking marijuana in 2010. In 2017, Shaw started focusing his marijuana trafficking business on making and selling marijuana edibles and THC cartridges. Last March, multiple law enforcement agencies searched various properties Shaw owned in Cedar Rapids. In a commercial building on the southwest side of Cedar Rapids, law enforcement found large amounts of materials used to make marijuana gummies, a form of marijuana edible. They also found large amounts of THC cartridges, which contain an oil made from marijuana that can be used in vape pens. The court sentenced Shaw for distributing over 100 kilograms of marijuana. The court also described Shaw as a manager or supervisor in a drug trafficking operation that involved five or more people.
At sentencing, Shaw was also held responsible for making a credible threat of violence as part of his drug trafficking. Shaw made threats against Bagley, who was interfering with his drug trafficking operation. Shaw told other people that he wanted Bagley “beat up,” “tuned up,” or assaulted. Two other men who previously sold marijuana they purchased from Shaw eventually confronted Bagley. During the confrontation, Bagley was stabbed multiple times and died from his wounds.
Shaw is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.